Board of DirectorsThe GSNN Board of Directors represents leadership in public education from elementary through university, environmental education and healthy schools experts along with green student activists groups.
Jennifer Seydel, PhD, Executive Director
Expeditionary Learning Schools
Jennifer Seydel brings more than 35 years of experience preparing youth for success in an ever-changing world to her role as the Executive Director of the Green Schools National Network. Jenny has taught at grade-levels from kindergarten to graduate school, worked in public schools and non-profits, has been involved with starting numerous public charter schools, has extensive experience with at-risk children and has worked with educators across the country and eastern Asia. Prior to her role with GSNN, she was a school designer with Expeditionary Learning for twelve years, providing school coaching, leadership development, and curriculum design support to schools nationwide. She was the lead author of one of the first integrated curriculum modules that combines the Common Core State Standards in ELA with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Al Stenstrup, President
Environmental Education Consultant
Al Stenstrup, recently retired from his role as the Director of Education Programs for the American Forest Foundation and Project Learning Tree. Al has worked in education for nearly 40 years – including teaching at both the middle school and university level, directing a nature center, and now serves as the director of a national environmental education program. Al has been an advocate for Green Schools at the state, national and global levels.
Tim Cole, Vice President
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Tim Cole is the Sustainability Officer for Virginia Beach City Public Schools . Tim was instrumental in the promotion and development of the first LEED certified elementary School in Virginia — Hermitage Elementary– as well as the first K-12 LEED Platinum Transportation and Maintenance Facility in the country. Under Tim’s leadership, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has constructed over 1.6 million square feet of LEED building space and was selected as the “Best Green School District” in the United States by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012. Tim is an ex-Navy SEAL and holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Erin Green, Treasurer
Erin Green has spent the last 35 years as a business manager for the State of Wisconsin, Department of Corrections, and public school districts, most recently the Greendale School District in suburban Milwaukee. Her current focus has been expanding support programs for students in the health and mental health arenas to enhance learning and achievement. In 2014, she led the District Sustainability Team to a national Green Ribbon Award.
Her interests include green and sustainability work, safety, worksite ergonomics, worksite health promotion programs, workforce generational differences, globalization of education, as well as transformation of schools, school funding, and community participation in education. Recent topics she has facilitated for her district include maintaining a green and sustainable operation and educating the community on these topics. Erin has an MBA degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, an undergraduate degree from UW-Madison in Psychology, and has completed school business coursework at UW-Whitewater.
Co-Founder/CEO of Play
Natural Pod | Better Learning Environments
Bridgitte Alomes, CEO and Co-Founder of Natural Pod, is a thought leader in environmental design for natural play, children’s environments, has supported over 1,000 learning environments, and has engaged 20,000 educators through her workshops and presentations. With a background in psychology, Bridgitte has been dedicated in creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the environment around children for the past 8 years. How they interact with it and what is presented to them is paramount and Bridgitte’s deep knowledge of the human condition aids her goal with the natural play philosophy to create an education-changing impact on the future generation. Bridgitte also works to conserve and protect the natural environments of Canada as a current board member of BC Forest Ethics Solutions. It is truly Natural Pod’s compelling vision, innovative award-winning products, passion and commitment for natural play that sets them apart.
Head of School
Stefan Anderson is the Head of School for Conserve School, an environmentally focused semester school in northern Wisconsin that draws students from across the country. Conserve School was recognized in 2014 as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Stefan studied physics at St. Olaf College where he spent the summers studying glaciers and falling in love with the Cascade Mountains. After earning a Masters in physics from MIT, he began his work with high school students and teachers in Minneapolis. Stefan attributes his passion for inspiring young environmental stewards to the outdoor loving adults who allowed him to spend significant amounts of unstructured time in the woods as a child. He believes that effective environmental education must engage the heart, head, and the hands.
Alison Suffet-Diaz, J.D.
Environmental Charter School “Inspire, Equip, Empower”
Alison Suffet Diaz, Founder and Executive Director of Environmental Charter Schools, Lawndale, CA. She is responsible for driving strategic development, as well as fundraising, fiscal/capital budget management and oversight of administrative operations. ECS has also developed the Green Ambassador Training Institute to support educators and organizations to replicate the best practices demonstrated at its school. ECHS in Lawndale, California has become an award-winning high school, recognized nationally for its innovative programs. Alison earned her teaching credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills, B.S. in Business from State University of New York, Albany and Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School.
ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program
As Senior Director of ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health program, Jennifer oversees national strategy, partnerships, program development, and management to advance climate leadership across the health sector. Prior to joining ecoAmerica, Jennifer served as the Senior Director of Education at the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF); was one of the inaugural AmeriCorps Program Officers and the Director of Training and Education for the National Civilian Conservation Corps at the Corporation for National and Community Service; served as an Executive Fellow crafting welfare to work policy within the California Governor’s Office and as an Education Policy Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership; and volunteered in the Peace Corps with her husband.